The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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The novel, “The Great Gatsby”, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, features the decay of the American dream during the 1920s. It is a critique of human actions and hypocrisy, with the main character being Jay Gatsby, a rich man who pines for his lost love Daisy. During the 1920s, America suffered the great stock market crash, which led to the nation’s despair. Fitzgerald mirrors this event through Gatsby’s great loss. At that time period, America was full of distinct social classes and traditions. Fitzgerald portrays this through distinguishing the characters by their wealth, where they live, and where they work. Fitzgerald presents in the novel two different cities with a diverse variety of wealthy people. East Egg possesses the “old money” type of people, who are the original high class. Conversely, the inhabitants of West Egg are the “Nouveau riche”, wealthy but have only become rich recently. Consequently, inhabitants of West Egg live there because they are not rich enough to live in East Egg. The novel unfolds through the eyes of Nick Carraway, the novel’s narrator, who came from a noble family. Nick said, “My family has been prominent, well-to-do people in this Middle Western city for three generations. The Caraways are something of a clan, and we have a tradition that we’re descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch” (Fitzgerald, 2). He seems to be a very genuine character. He tries to revive Gatsby’s and Daisy’s love, and he becomes a true friend of Jay Gatsby. Throughout the
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